I’m a pretty casual travel blog reader. I tend to prefer being in a place to reading about a place. An odd confession given my love of literature, I know.
That said, ever since becoming an international teacher, I’ve had more time to travel and less time to plan. An odd conundrum. So a few years ago I started reading travel blogs – for ideas/inspiration/tips.
Flash forward to now and I have to admit I’ve become pretty disillusioned with the usual blogs I read. They have these incredible photos with these unbelievable stories and I think to myself: I could do that.
And I do.
But I find myself realizing that their stories are nothing like real life. I walk through Petra at 7 am only to see that the lighting doesn’t match their photos. Or that it’s impossible to be the first person to a sight, but that’s ok.
I find that I would have enjoyed these places more if I had not read a blog that gave me such unrealistic expectations.
So, I’ve decided to make a promise to myself as well as anyone who stumbles onto my blog: I’m not going to sugarcoat the truth. If something sucked, I’m going to say it. If there were millions of people around, I’m not going to pretend I was the only one there. If I learned a truly helpful tip, I’m going to share it. But I’m going to share the whole experience, the good and the bad.
Because no one should be disappointed with their vacations. Every trip is a new opportunity to learn more about a new culture and more about yourself.
So…I’m a 20-something frequent traveller, often accompanied by my husband, and: I swear to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth.